And what a perfect day for Ireland’s Repeal the 8th campaign to take to the streets wearing black in protest of how Irish women are treated in their own Country. This is a simple overview of what’s going on and why.
The Irish Women’s Council among others are wearing black today and marching on the streets of Dublin in protest.
‘The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment is a growing alliance of over 80 organisations including human rights, feminist and pro-choice organisations, trade unions, health organizations, NGOs, community organisations and many others.’
So what is the problem here? What’s all the fuss and what do these people want?
All abortion is banned in Ireland unless a doctor deems the woman’s life is at risk. Apart from the obvious choice, control, dis-empowering, disabling issues here, with not allowing women to make their own choices regarding their own bodies, women die at the hands of doctors who are biased or are simply against abortion.
Remember ‘you’re in Catholic Ireland now’?
Despite promises of a referendum nothing has happened. The Eighth Amendment is an archaic display of matriarchy and church rule. It is no more than deeply discriminatory and a ‘national shame for Ireland’
‘The presence of the Eighth Amendment in the Irish Constitution is a source of discrimination against all women living in Ireland. It creates a discriminatory health system where a pregnant woman only has a qualified right to health care. International human rights organisations have repeatedly taken the state to task for its draconian abortion regime, observing that it violates women’s right to bodily integrity and self-determination’
It violates International Human Rights
and Women’s Right standards.
- Every day TEN Irish females leave their Country to have a termination. That’s THREE THOUSAND & SIX HUNDRED women, in a population of 4.5 million who travel abroad (mostly to the UK) to have terminations.
- Women and girls who cannot travel, cannot have a termination and are therefore discriminated against.
- It does not reflect the opinion of the Irish public.
All data taken from http://www.repealeight.ie/event/march4repeal-international-womens-day-2017/